Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


February 17, 2013

2013 Golden Circle High School Baseball Preview

Blooming Grove Lions

Matt Anderson

Years at school, record: 8, 80-50-3

2012 record: 12-9-1, 7-5 in 14-2A

Last playoff appearance: 2012, bi-district finalists

Key returnees: 3B/P Shane Battenfield, Sr.; P/1B Jacob Conger, Sr.; P/3B Dalton Blake, So; P/SS Daniel Pelzel, Jr.

Key losses: C/P Gage Anderson, OF Spencer Morris

Analysis: The Lions returned to the playoffs last year for the first time since 2009, falling to Palmer in the first round ... Defense should be Blooming Grove’s strength this year ... Pelzel didn’t make an error last year at shortstop as a sophomore and also had 0.84 ERA pitching in relief ... Battenfield, all-district pick, made only two errors at third base and also had a 4-2 record with a 2.76 ERA ... Team speed should be improved with the addition of Travis Whiteside and Jacob Williams ... Whiteside will leadoff and play center field after catching in sub-varsity ... Blake had a superb freshman season with a .300 batting average while also going 3-3 on the mound with a 3.87 ERA ... Conger batted .317 last season.

Mildred Eagles

Aaron Tidwell

Years at school, record: 5, 93-35

2012 record: 17-13, 10-2 in 14-2A

Last playoff appearance: 2012, regional quarterfinalists

Key returnees: P/SS Nic Shimonek, Sr..; 3B/P Connor Hill; OF Raleigh Seilheimer, Jr.; 1B Jase Butler, Jr.; 2B Colby Pair, Jr.; C/INF Allen Knight, Jr.; DH/P Clay Waller, Jr.

Key losses: C Daniel Folsom, IF Daniel Donoho, OF Mason Rose, P/3B Eric Lewis

Analysis: The Eagles as always are a playoff contender ... Shimonek is the leader now, coming off of a 2012 season in which he was the 14-2A MVP ... he batted .463 with 3 HRs, 10 2Bs, 5 3Bs and 32 RBIS and was selected Golden Circle Offensive Player of the Year ... Shimonek also was 9-3 with 1.29 ERA and 77 strikeouts ... there are three All-Golden Circle picks to replace ... Seilheimer batted .333 with 19 RBIs and 14 SBs ... Hill, Butler and Pair were all all-district selections.

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  • GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road

    Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-18-14Roman.jpg CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams

    That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
    Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16-14Amessigns.jpg GC Basketball; Kerens' Ames signs with Cloud (Kan.) Community College

    There's nothing quite like signing day, and Taylor Ames was all smiles and beaming about her future Wednesday when she signed a letter-of-intent, accepting a basketball scholarship to Cloud County Community College in Kansas in front of family, friends and coaches at Kerens, where Ames leaves a legacy like no other.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-16-14NVSBMoerbe slides.jpg Navarro Softball: Bulldogs get ranked, split with Paris

    Minutes after Navarro split a doubleheader with Paris on Wednesday, Navarro softball Coach Jessica Karenke was told her Bulldogs had just been nationally ranked and are now No. 16 in the NJCAA national softball poll.
    She had no idea.
    And she didn't care.
    Karenke is worried about what happens on the diamond, and she had some concerns after Navarro made four errors in the second game that opened the door for Paris to pull off a 7-2 win after the Bulldogs and Ciara Luna controlled the first game with a 4-1 win.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • CallieDevinFCA.jpg GC: Mildred's O'Sullivan and Bland chosen to play in FCA All-Star games

    Mildred’s Devin O’Sullivan and Callie Bland have been selected to play in the FCA’s All-Star games on June 1.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-115-14CHSBBMinniear.jpg CHS Baseball: Lindale haunts Tigers again with critical 4-0 win

    Lindale has been poison to Corsicana all year.
    The Eagles won a bizarre game in Lindale to keep the Tigers out of the football playoffs and ruined the boys basketball season with two gut-wrenching wins in the final week of the season.
    They did it again Tuesday, beating the Tigers 4-0 at Price Field to take over second place in the District 16-4A race.
    Lindale (6-2) had one big inning to hand Corsicana (5-3) its second loss in a row.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • I4-15-14Kellysigns.jpg GC Volleyball: Kerens' Kelly signs with Paris Junior College

    She prayed about it. She lost sleep about it. And she prayed about it some more.
    That's just a glimpse of what Marqueshia Kelly went through before deciding to turn down a half dozen basketball scholarships and accept a scholarship to play volleyball at Paris Junior College.
    The journey might have been a little sleepless, but in the end it wasn't that tough for Kelly, who is a multi-sport star at Kerens.
    “I followed my heart,'' she said on Tuesday just moments after signing a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Paris in front of family, coaches and friends.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • CHS Tennis: Tigers play well in powerhouse region

    Corsicana's tennis team finished its season with a  strong showing in the Class 4A Regional Tournament at UT-Arlington before falling to some powerhouse players from Dallas.

    April 15, 2014

  • GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Blooming Grove edges Mildred 1-0 (Adds Dawson-Hubbard baseball)

    Blooming Grove kept its baseball playoff hopes alive, winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in Mildred Tuesday night. Dalton Blake struck out 11 and scattered five hits in a well-pitched game that took an hour and a half to complete.

    April 15, 2014

  • Navarro Softball: Bulldogs sweep Bossier on Sophomore Day

         From a one-sided laugher to a hold-your-breath finish, Navarro’s softball team celebrated Sophomore Day on Saturday in front of its largest crowd of the season.
        The Bulldogs ripped Bossier 14-1 in a five-inning romp and then had to fight for their lives in the second game, finally winning 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh with a squeeze bunt that brought home Caitlin Moerbe, who ended the day with a dust-filled slide at the plate.

    April 12, 2014

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